"This is one upmarket tapas menu that deserves another sampling"Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
I have to admit, Pimlico is one of those pockets of London I tend to forget about when it comes to food. Not that it’s forgettable of course - Cambridge Street Kitchen is an old favourite - it’s just not the postcode that automatically springs to my mind when seeking a new gastronomic endeavour.
The opening of Omar’s Place earlier this year however has certainly put paid to that. Mere moments from Victoria station, the restaurant and bar is a spoonful of Mediterranean glamour for SW1. With a menu created by Mallorcan-born chef Vicente Fortea, the offering comprises contemporary tapas inspired by coastal towns of the Med.
Start your meal with a Pimlico Bellini, a dangerously delicious combo of pomegranate juice, limoncello, grenadine and prosecco - summer in a glass. The food doesn’t disappoint. Melt-in-the-mouth Iberian ham, cured for 36 months, is served heaped with ribbons of tangy Manchego. A creamy burrata dissolved at the first touch, accompanied by perfectly ripe heritage tomatoes, a pesto Genovese and pine nuts; not a trace of it was left on the plate. Juicy, sizzling seared prawns arrived with lashings of shaved garlic and decent dose of chilli - essentially the starters were sensational.
My chargrilled tentacle of octopus was served simply drizzled with paprika oil, slightly rubbery in parts but a true taste of the Mediterranean, particularly when accompanied by crispy rosemary potatoes. Turbot had the option of coming chargrilled or fried Andalusian style; opting for the former, the feedback from across the table was that the simply chargrilling left it a little bland and it needed a bit more seasoning to lift the flavour, though the chargrilled baby gem lettuce accompanying was a tasty side since recreated at home. We shared a chocolate mousse for pudding and good job too; with Valrhona chocolate, nuts, praline and cocoa crisps it’s a seriously rich sweet treat and not for the fainthearted.
While the mains perhaps needed a little work (maybe we made the wrong choices…) the starters stood out as the hero dishes. This is one upmarket tapas menu that deserves another sampling.
Laurel reviewed Omar's Place on Mon 01 Oct 2018